Thursday, 2 August 2012

Rachel and Richard’s -Edinburgh Wedding Photography

  Rachel and Richard from London, were married at Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile and their reception held at The New Club on Princes Street. They needed two professional photographers and my name was kindly recommended by a friend to be their Edinburgh wedding photographer and my second was Paul Bock who captured the documentary photographs of the groom, best man and ushers the Doric where they had their lunch, then guest arrivals at the Cannongate Kirk.
I met Richard at Tigerlily early in the morning for my planned still life photo of the wedding rings, which were designed by Rachel. I thought it best to get this done early because of the time pressure of the wedding day and creative ring photos can be tricky to do quickly.
Details of the wedding rings and the brides shoes
Wedding Rings and Shoes
Bridal Preparations
Bridesmaid ties bow on the wedding dress
Johanna Hehir Wedding Dress

Good make up makes bridal portrats stand out
Grooms Lunch
Bridal Make Up Artist at Work
Detail image of a bow detail on bridesmaid's dress.
Bridesmaid Dress Detail
Bride and Bridesmaids
Soon after I headed off for the bridal preparations at her family home, and Richard informed me that his bride will probably ready by the time I arrived. Ok he was pretty much right about that. I expected the usual mayhem and panic, but the bride to be was calm and collected so I began documenting her pink shoes and her designer wedding gown, before photographing Edinburgh make up artist Sharon Duncan at work adding final touches to Rachel and her bridesmaids. I think a good professional make up artist can really take the pressure off the bridal party and make all the difference to the impact of album photography and you will have all eyes on you on your wedding day. Soon after taking some formal portraits including father and mother.

Documentary wedding photography is about telling a story of your day
After an interesting trip in the boot of the Taxi, I waited at Canongate Kirk for the wedding car and soon after Rachel arrived, she stepped out wearing her fabulous Johanna Hehir designed wedding dress, with a flowing detailed veil, borrowed from the mother of the bride. She received good will cheers from the gathering on lookers as she entered the church for the wedding ceremony. Canongate Kirk was also the venue of the Royal wedding of Zara Philips and has one of the brightest interiors which is perfect for wedding photographers.

Canongate Kirk

The Wedding Ceremony

Leaving the Church
Just Married
Ivor photographs your wedding in a documentary style
A Kiss at the Church

After the ceremony we moved on Paul followed the guests to the reception, whilst the newlyweds, family and bridesmaids walked to nearby secluded gardens for the formal portraits.
Although strong sunlight is fantastic it can be tricky for portrait pictures, however the walled garden was great location for the formal group images and using a large white reflector made good use of the natural light.

Ivor Tetteh-Lartey Photography
Close up of a happy bride on her wedding day
Bridal Portrait

Sometimes you catch amusing moments during the formal portrait photography
Formal Group
Ivor offers couples wedding photography of their special day
Bride and groom relax in a secluded garden on their wedding day
Bride and groom have a kiss outside the church
Romance at Canongate Kirk
Wedding Reception Edinburgh

Wedding group photography of the groom, best man and ushers
Wedding Group
Formal wedding portraits at The New Club on Prices Street
Bride and groom at The New Club, Edinburgh
Rachel and Richard with Edinburgh Castle in the background.
Ivor Tetteh-Lartey Photography
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Wednesday, 11 July 2012


This is an example how an engagement portrait really makes it easy for the wedding bride and groom photography. Rachel is wearing a Johanna Hehir wedding gown.Copyright © 2012 Ivor Tetteh-Lartey. All Rights Reserved

Friday, 29 June 2012

Engagement Portrait-Edinburgh-Rachel and Richard

It was cold and damp February when I met London based Rachel and Richard to discuss their wedding day photography at my second photographer Paul's Edinburgh studio before heading off to do a recce and their engagement portrait. This pre-wedding portrait session is of great value to bride, groom and the photographer, as it is an ideal opportunity to get to know each other and practice ideas for their wedding day photographs. Ok they didn't come just to see me, there was a rather important England v Scotland rugby match.
Although I mostly work on my own, they needed two photographer coverage, I was to photograph Rachel and her bridesmaids preparations whilst Paul would meet up with Richard, his best man and ushers at lunch. This is a real bonus as it means that all of the great wedding day moments can be captured from different points of view and result in fabulous documentary story telling.
The benefits of a pre-wedding session are that you receive great images, like Rachel and Richard.
Rachel and Richard happily pose on a cold wet February

Couple on a visit at their wedding venues.
Another from the fabulous garden found by the mother of the bride

 A moment at The New Club,Edinburgh

Creative off camera lighting adds dramatic effect to this portrait

A portrait of bride and groom to be, with the dominent Edinburgh Castle in the background.
A portrait on the balcony at the wedding venue.
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As you can see although it was the weather was miserable the results speak for themselves. But what do you think?
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